Take 22,000 high-definition photographs, a geomagnetic storm and some incredible talent and what do you get? A two-minute video of the Aurora Borealis as you’ve never seen it before.
It’s weird how radiation can provoke so much mayhem and fear and yet produce this inspiring, overwhelming beauty. We’ve watched many spectacular videos and photos of Auroras, here at TheBlogIsMine, but this video by Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd is the best so far.
He braved -25 degree Celsius (-15 F) temperatures to capture this mesmerizing collection of photographs. Then, by assembling the 22,000 photos, he created a time-lapse video of the rich color and dynamic shapes of the Northern Lights that would normally be difficult to see. Adding the atmospheric Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard song “Now We Are Free” from the movie Gladiator to the mix, and Sorgjerd has created a masterpiece.
“I spent a week capturing one of the biggest aurora borealis shows in recent years” Terje Sorgjerd says on his timelapse description and adds: “Shot in and around Kirkenes and Pas National Park bordering Russia, at 70 degree north and 30 degrees east. Temperatures around -25 Celsius.”
Auroras are created by radiation coming from the sun and hitting Earth’s magnetic field. As the solar wind hits the Earth’s atmosphere, ionized nitrogen atoms regain and electron and oxygen and nitrogen atoms from excited to ground state. They produce photons during that process, with the oxygen emitting green or brownish-red and the nitrogen producing blue – gaining electrons – or red – going to ground state. [Vimeo via USA Today and Discovery]